I didn't assail Ben harshly, at least not yet. The failure to disclose and provide the numerous 'custom scripts' he uses is a loophole one could drive a very big academic truck through, par example. No, for now, I merely question of what use it is to point out that there are x number of registrants in ARNI's .biz or IOD's .web, or that the top five registrants 'own' x number of domain names, or that x percentage of those names resolve via hypertext transfer protocol. Milton Mueller is absolutely correct, without a premise and conclusion, these numbers are completely devoid of any usefulness whatsoever.|
The simple fact is that the same analysis can be done with .com/net/org and one is left with a difference of degree, not of kind, the degree being far less than a newbie could be forgiven for assuming. If B. Edelman had set out to prove or disprove (proving a negative being a dicey matter) that there were dragons, that would be one thing. Instead he is merely haggling over the size of the herd.
One of ICANN's original mandates was to take into account the interests of all stakeholders, there was no proviso that bigger was better, that measuring the size of a stakeholder through some metric or another was indicative, let alone definitive, of anything more than SFA (sweet fsck all). The current flurry of 'policy' papers and 'independent' analyses would have us believe that two SLD's good, four SLD's better, though one would search in vain for even one single solitary legacy RFC that supports the concept that size matters.
As a remote participant in a few years of the Berkman center's coverage of ICANN's public (I've no legal access to the private) BoD meetings (less those I boycotted during RealNetworks spyware period), and as an early adopter of the hardware and software and concept of convergence, I've winced when others complained about which other remote participants' questions were passed on to the board, or when others questioned whether the scribe's notes were accurate. Having been at the head end of such productions I was aware of the incredible legerdemain involved, and urged patience and understanding for the staff during at least one such webcast. So far as I was concerned they were above repute.
Imagine my surprise then, whilst truckin' down the infobahn, to see Caesar's wife out walking the street. Protestations that one is only out there (in a skimpy dress) because one has always had an academic interest in the migratory patterns of dragons somehow fails to answer all my unasked questions. -g